I find treasure each weekend as we prepare to move. Most recently I discovered a 2-inch x 3-inch notebook from 1983. The paper has yellowed. The spiral wire feels rough like rust. The pages are difficult to turn.
Inside are Bible verses from a time when I took every curly q of cursive writing seriously. I was 11 years old in 1983. My guess is that in Sunday School we wrote a verse or two each week. The notebook is divided into Old Testament and New Testament sections, poetry, prophecy, and more. I have no idea who my Sunday School teacher was for this weekly exercise, but he or she was wise. What an excellent way to learn scripture.
Almost every page contains Bible verses that have been with me nearly my whole life. They reside not only in a dark corner of my basement moved from home to home but also in the foundation of my heart.
Exodus 14:14, When adults have competing agendas and it is best to hold my tongue.
Leviticus 19:4, When the boy broke my heart. Uh, ok, boys. Plural. Worshiping another human is a trap often leading to disappointment. I learned only God can “complete me”.
Ruth 3:10, When I found strength in the fact that a gentle woman can still have power and grace.
2 Samuel 22:4, When I trusted God to deliver me from less than nice people. [Sidebar: Have you heard that 1 in 25 people may be a functioning sociopath? Check out a great book for more info: The Sociopath Next Door.]
Ecclesiastes 7:9, When I developed a slooooow fuse. I don’t anger easily. That is a blessing in my relationships.
Micah 7:7, When I feel scared or lonely and ask Jesus to wrap His arms around me as I go to sleep.
2 Corinthians 5:7, When I take healthy risks with hope for the best outcome.
John 3:16, When I maintain perspective on the greatest love story of all time.
Mark 16:15, When I chose to write a Christian blog and Christian manuscript about freedom found in surrender. Preach, sisters!
What scripture has spoken louder than your circumstances? Is there a teacher you need to thank? Or children in your life who will benefit from the time you take to build a notebook with them?
I am grateful for the caring adults who poured light into me even if it took 35 years for me to realize the lasting power of the wisdom they shared.